Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? If so, you might have a common form of periodontal disease known as gingivitis. It’s caused by plaque and tartar that have accumulated on your teeth, causing inflamed or bleeding gums.
Gingivitis Can Lead To Periodontitis
Usually, the symptoms of gingivitis can be reversed with prompt treatment. But left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis. What is periodontitis? It’s a condition that results in damage to gum tissue or the bone around the teeth.
Gum disease has been linked to other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and even babies being born prematurely or with low birth weight. If you think you have gingivitis, see the dentist immediately for evaluation and treatment.
Common Symptoms of Gingivitis
If you have a mild case of gingivitis, you may not experience any symptoms or discomfort. Common signs and symptoms include:
- Bright red or discolored gums
- Receding gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath (also called halitosis)
- Swollen or soft gums
- Pain when touching or applying pressure to the gums
Treatment and Prevention
Adopting a routine of daily oral care is your best method for avoiding gingivitis. By having good oral hygiene every day and not using tobacco, you can steer clear of many health problems.
Professional Treatment for Gingivitis:
Professional Teeth Cleaning
This process involves removing tartar and plaque that builds up on the teeth and weakens the enamel. If you don’t floss regularly, professional teeth cleaning is necessary to remove any bacteria or decay that has developed in the crevices of your teeth.
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In addition to repairing any cavities, Dr. Foote will examine your teeth for any faulty fillings, crowns or bridges that irritate the gums or easily allow plaque to build up. Crooked or misaligned teeth can also be a factor in plaque and tartar build up.
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Although professional teeth cleaning and dental restoration can help clear up gingivitis, your delicate gums will need special treatment to prevent future infection or disease. Dr. Foote can recommend products specifically for preventing gingivitis.
Learn more about day-to-day oral hygiene.